Beauty Around The World A Cultural Encyclopedia

Author : Erin Kenny
ISBN : 9781610699457
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 37.70 MB
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Taking the concept of beauty seriously, this encyclopedia examines how humanity has sought and continues to seek what is "beautiful" in a variety of cultural contexts, giving readers an understanding of how to look at beauty both intellectually and critically. • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to world beauty practices, from the earliest experiments in plastic surgery in 600 B.C. to contemporary practices • Gives readers a representative overview of beauty practices around the globe • Documents how from cosmetics to clothing, exercise to body modification, being beautiful is a goal worldwide • Identifies numerous authoritative sources of information for further research and reading
Category: Social Science

Faces Around The World

Author : Margo DeMello
ISBN : 9781598846171
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 57.8 MB
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This book provides a comprehensive examination of the human face, providing fascinating information from biological, cultural, and social perspectives. * A complete bibliography of sources and index of subjects * Includes 100 images, numerous sidebars, and interesting "pop-out" quotes related to the face
Category: Social Science

Hats And Headwear Around The World

Author : Beverly Chico
ISBN : 1610690621
Genre : Design
File Size : 24.73 MB
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This concise encyclopedia examines headwear around the world, from ancient times to the modern era, comprising entries that address cultural significance, religion, historical events, geography, demographic and ethnic issues, fashion, and contemporary trends.
Category: Design

Cultural Encyclopedia Of The Breast

Author : Merril D. Smith
ISBN : 9780759123328
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 37.88 MB
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Boobs. Tits. Hooters. Knockers. Jugs. Breasts. We celebrate them; we revile them. They nourish us; they kill us. And regardless of what we call them, breasts have fascinated us since prehistoric times. This A-to-Z encyclopedia explores the historical magnitude and cultural significance of the breast over time and around the world. A team of international scholars from various disciplines provides key insights and information about the breast in art, history, fashion, social movements, medicine, sexuality, and more. Entries discuss depictions of breasts on ancient figurines, in Renaissance paintings, and in present-day advertisements. They examine how fashion has emphasized or de-emphasized the breast at various times. They tackle medical issues—such as breast augmentation and breast cancer—and controversies over breastfeeding. The breast as sexual object and even a site of smuggling are also covered. As a whole, the Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast takes an engaging and accessible look at this notable body part.
Category: Social Science

They Do What A Cultural Encyclopedia Of Extraordinary And Exotic Customs From Around The World

Author : Javier A. Galván
ISBN : 9781610693424
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 59.88 MB
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This single-volume work covers many traditions, customs, and activities Westerners may find unusual or shocking, covering everything from the Ashanti people's funeral celebrations to wife-carrying competitions in Finland. • Provides a unique global perspective via content from 48 authors currently working, living, or traveling in most continents of the world • Supplies interdisciplinary points of view by incorporating aspects of religion, food, festivals, history, social practices, funeral traditions, and grand community celebrations • Serves to highlight distinct cultural differences while also enabling readers to discover how much people have in common and to consider how certain American traditions might seem "strange" to people from outside the United States
Category: Social Science

Cultural Encyclopedia Of The Body 2 Volumes

Author : Victoria Pitts-Taylor
ISBN : 9781567206913
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 85.51 MB
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Pop culture and the media today are saturated with the focus on the aesthetics of the human body. Magazines and infotainment shows speculate whether this or that actress had breast implants or a nose job. Americans are not just focusing on celebrities but on themselves too and today have unprecedented opportunities to rework what nature gave them. One can now drop in to have cosmetic surgery at the local mall. Contemplating the superficial nature of it all grows tiresome, and pop culture vultures and students can get a better fix for their fascination with the body beautiful through the cultural insight provided in this amazing set. Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body is a treasure trove of essays that explore the human body alphabetically by part, detailing practices and beliefs from the past and present and from around the world that are sometimes mind-blowing and eye-popping. Body parts are examined through a multifaceted cultural lens. Readers will explore how the parts are understood, what they mean to disparate societies, how they are managed, treated, and transformed, and how they are depicted and represented. The entries draw from many disciplines that are concerned to some degree or another with human bodies, including anthropology archeology, sociology, religion, political history, philosophy, art history, literary studies, and medicine. The encyclopedia proffers information on a number of cultures, tribes, and customs from East and West. Ancient practices to the latest fad, which in fact might continue ancient practices, are illuminated. Other considerations that arise in the essays include comparisons among cultures, the changing perceptions of the body, and issues of race, gender, religion, community and belonging, ethnicity, power structures, human rights.
Category: Social Science

Gold A Cultural Encyclopedia

Author : Shannon L. Kenny
ISBN : 9780313384318
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 46.20 MB
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This encyclopedia provides detailed information about the historical, cultural, social, religious, economic, and scientific significance of gold, across the globe and throughout history. • Contains more than 130 A–Z entries on the significance of gold worldwide, from antiquity to the present, from an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as sidebar entries • Provides unique details and remarkable scope of facts in each entry along with direct references to and examples of primary source materials • Photographs and illustrations of the use and significance of gold as varied as Ca' d'Oro in Venice, royal crowns, filigree, Italian florin coin, Hatshepsut, Rumpelstiltskin, Wat Traimit, and modern "bling" • Extensive bibliography including monographs, scholarly articles, newspaper and magazine articles, primary source documents, and online resources • Detailed subject index as well as list of entries and guide to related topics
Category: Social Science

Diets And Dieting

Author : Sander L. Gilman
ISBN : 9780415974202
Genre : Health & Fitness
File Size : 51.34 MB
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Diets and dieting have concerned - and sometimes obsessed - human societies for centuries. The dieters' regime is about many things, among them is the control of weight and the body, the politics of beauty, discipline and even self-harm, personal and societal demands for improved heath, spiritual harmony with the universe, and ethical codes of existence. An A-Z encyclopedia, this reference work spans many periods and cultures as the cultural and medical historian Sander Gilman lays out the history of diets and dieting in a series of articles. This volume is a reference tool presenting the historical, popular, and scientific context for diets and dieting from the ancient world to the present. The entries range from biography to large survey essays, which cover the historical and cultural context for contemporary dieting culture and celebrity within the longer historical view, and across cultures.
Category: Health & Fitness

Encyclopedia Of Hair

Author : Victoria Sherrow
ISBN : 0313331456
Genre : Health & Fitness
File Size : 70.9 MB
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Describes the cultural, historical, and scientific aspects of hairdressing and hairstyling throughout history.
Category: Health & Fitness